MacIvor and MacKenzie explore the situation, live on YouTube


By Fawnda Mithrush

While some companies are booking out entire mountain resorts just to keep production rolling, theatres across the country remain closed. Even some online events have been cancelled after Ontario implemented restrictions on gathering for rehearsals.

But that hasn't stopped playwrights Daniel MacIvor and Matthew MacKenzie from busily planning a new, one-night-only YouTube adventure. The Situation We Find Ourselves in is This examines the legacy of beloved dramaturge Iris Turcott, a complicated and revered character of the Canadian theatre scene, who passed away in 2016. 

An isolated Daniel MacIvor illustrates theatre of pandemic times. (Punctuate Theatre)

An isolated Daniel MacIvor illustrates theatre of pandemic times. (Punctuate Theatre)

MacKenzie, Punctuate's artistic director, says the show will be "a moving, funny, potentially messy evening" about the days he spent with Turcott in her last two weeks of life. Working with MacIvor — a master of the one-man format — as director and dramaturge, MacKenzie will take to the waves solo for the live event on Jan. 30. 

The Situation We Find Ourselves In Is This streams for free, anywhere you are, at 5pm MT. The co-created production is presented in partnership with Punctuate! Theatre, reWork Productions, Cape Breton University, and the Theatre Centre.